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Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 07:30:32 -0500

> In the 80s a nightclub decorator decided to revive the show,

> And that was the last stand for the Liquid Light Show, which

thousands of clubhoppers enjoyed in the 80s.

Not *quite* the last stand... In the late 80s, there was a monthly event called "The Mind's Eye" at Tramps in NYC, put on by two girls in their early 20s. They'd book bands doing 60s-influenced garage-rock and psychedelic sounds, get a couple girls go-go dancing (60s style), and would have a guy named Captain Whizzo doing Liquid Light. Now, admittedly, unlike the Toronto event mentioned above, the Tramps location (then on East 15th St.) was not large, so this was not projected all over the club, but rather only on the stage. Still, the effect was pretty amazing. Years later, I found out that Whizzo had collected a good bit of original equipment, as well as the fairly simple stuff necessary for a basic Liquid Light show. This turned out to be a good thing 'cuz, while The Mind's Eye shows stopped by around 1990 or so, within a couple years there was a new wave of English bands doing semi-psych influenced pop. One or two of them were enthralled with the idea of a Liquid Light show. And so it was that Captain Whizzo took his act on the road, hitting bigger venues than he'd played before. (Most likely about the size of the one in Toronto, given the popularity of the bands in question.) Sadly, Captain Whizzo died some years back. Every once in awhile, you'll see someone attempt a Liquid Light show at a 60s-oriented rock'n'roll show, but I haven't seen a truly great one since Captain Whizzo.

Blair Buscareno




Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 10:08:58 -0500 (EST)

the "liquid light show" was also a kid's science project back in the day.

a few years ago (1996), this stoner rock band i knew in nj used the same overhead projector/glass setup as a backdrop to their stage. however, instead of paints, they employed vegetable oil and liquid food coloring/water. all this came out of a 'ten science projects that YOU can do'-style book, specific date and title unknown.

--terence keegan




Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 14:39:06 -0500

Coelacanth medium: this medium is not dead, although it (possibly) was at the time of the RPM shows in late-80s Toronto. My friend Pete Rabinowitz and his partners run "The Brotherhood of Light" ( http://www.brotherhoodoflight.com ):

"The Brotherhood of Light is one of San Francisco's original rock and roll projection lightshows. From the beginnings of the psychedelic era to the present, we have continued to provide the finest multicolored oil projections on the planet and unparalleled expertise in the field. If you are looking for a totally immersive projected environment that is synchronized in real time to live music,this is the lightshow for you. Beware of imitations!"




-- (C) Matthew Rubenstein




Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2000 18:44:24 -040

I have something.. but its not really umm.. .complete or official enough for a submission i think

At my college we had a big campus wide party-like thing, and one event that happened was a "light show". The guy that made it basically put up a couple sheets, and had a whole bunch of different colored lights that were set on dimmers, and he mest with the lights while playing music. Afterwords, he mentioned how he read that this used to be done back in the day before electricity. there would be shutters that would open and close on candels, that were attached to levers, and someone would "play" the lights. Back then it was called a light organ

-ben




Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2000 18:44:24 -0400
From: bliyanag@goucher.edu "Liyanage, Benjamin"

I have something.. but its not really umm.. .complete or official enough for a submission i think.

At my college we had a big campus wide party-like thing, and one event that happened was a "light show". The guy that made it basically put up a couple sheets, and had a whole bunch of different colored lights that were set on dimmers, and he mest with the lights while playing music. Afterwords, he mentioned how he read that this used to be done back in the day before electricity. there would be shutters that would open and close on candels, that were attached to levers, and someone would "play" the lights. Back then it was called a light organ.

-ben